Walter Grimm Jr., 74, worked for BGE

August 20, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Walter Lomax Grimm Jr., who worked for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for 38 years and traced his family's genealogy in Maryland's western counties back nine generations, died Tuesday at Carroll County General Hospital.

Mr. Grimm, 74, of Reisterstown started tracing his family's roots in 1977 while working full time for BGE, family members said. His research led him to Hagerstown and small towns throughout Western Maryland.

"He had a passion for learning and a passion for research," said daughter Patricia Grimm of North Andover, Mass. "He pretty much knew that his family was in Western Maryland for a long time."

Mr. Grimm went to many family reunions and visited cemeteries in Hagerstown and Frederick County. He traced the history of one female relative who was born in 1694 and died in Frederick County in 1773.

"For him, it was more the pursuit of the answer than anything else," his daughter said. "It was as much a puzzle as anything else. He was always curious about answers."

Born in Washington County and raised in Rohrersville and Baltimore City, Mr. Grimm graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1941 and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1946.

He worked for BGE from 1948 until he retired in 1986 as a relay and automatic control supervisor.

Mr. Grimm was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi and Omicron Delta Kappa professional fraternities, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

He also was a life member of Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company, and was with Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company for several years. He served two three-year terms on the advisory board of Carroll County Farm Museum, completing his last term last month.

Perhaps his favorite hobby was woodworking. He would mold and craft furniture for his house and toys for relatives and friends. He made a rocking horse and a model of Noah's Ark -- complete with detailed animals.

"He was a master wood craftsman," said Carl Heymann, a former co-worker, neighbor and friend for 50 years. "He was great at restoring antiques for the Carroll County Farm Museum."

Mr. Grimm also belonged to Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main St. in Reisterstown, where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Grimm is survived by his wife, the former Phyllis Gorrell, whom he married in 1952; two sons, Kenneth Grimm of Westminster and David Grimm of Loeminster, Mass.; another daughter, Karen Grimm of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a brother, George Grimm of Laurel; a sister, Florence Schiller of Towson; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Pub Date: 8/20/98

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